MS/PhD Study Track Areas

Core requirements consist of six courses:

  • 2 mathematics and computational methods courses and either:
  • 4 courses from the mechanical engineering track
  • Or 4 courses from the materials science track

Mathematics and Computational Methods Courses

Mathematics courses: 

  • MATH 551(211): Applied Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables (F)
  • MATH 577(229): Mathematical Modeling (S)
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DGS and instructor

Computational Methods courses: 

  • ME 639(229): Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (F)
  • ME 524(254)/CE 530(254): Finite Element Method (F)
  • MATH 561(224): Scientific Computing
  • COMPSCI 520(250): Numerical Analysis
  • Or more advanced course with approval of DGS and instructor

Study Track - Mechanical Engineering

Students pursuing a mechanical engineering study track must take a total of FOUR courses from the three MEMS Mechanical Engineering core concentrations, with at least one course from each core. Recommended courses are highlighted in italics and marked with an asterisk (*).

The material presented in these core courses constitutes the knowledge that should be tested in the qualification examination following the first year of graduate studies.

Note: for PhD students courses other than those currently listed in the cores can be approved by the DGS in consultation with the advisor. This may be necessary to fulfill requirements for certificate or training grant programs.

CORE 1: Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls

Solid Mechanics

  • *CE 520(201): Continuum Mechanics (F) 
  • *CE 521(206): Theory of Elasticity (S)
  • CE 621(203): Plasticity 
  • BME 530(230): Tissue Biomechanics
  • ME 525(255)/CE 630(255): Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis 
  • CE 645(281): Experimental Systems

Dynamics

  • *ME 541(210)/CE 625(210): Intermediate Dynamics (F)
  • ME 543(234): Energy and Wave Propagation in Solids
  • ME 544(235): Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 544(236): Engineering Acoustics
  • CE 541(283): Structural Dynamics
  • ME 742(335): Non-Linear Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555(265): Advanced Acoustics
  • ME 555(265): Acoustic Cavitation
  • ME 555(265): Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • ME 555(265): Energy Harvesting from Vibration

Controls

  • *ME 545(270): Robot Control and Automation (F)
  • *ME 546(233): Intelligent Systems (S)
  • ECE 555(255): Methods for Systems Analysis

Aerodynamics

  • *ME 581(237): Aerodynamics (F)
  • *ME 775(325): Aeroelasticity
  • ME 671(238): Advanced Aerodynamics
  • ME 672(239): Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • ME 555(265): Rockets and Gas Turbines

CORE 2: Thermal Fluids

Thermodynamics

  • *ME 531(202): Engineering Thermodynamics
  • *ME 532(280): Convective Heat Transfer (F)

Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena

  • *ME 631(226): Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (F)
  • ME 536(221): Compressible Fluid Flow (F)
  • ME 632(227): Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 759(399): Hydrodynamic Stability
  • ME 307(207)/BME 307(207): Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • ME 555(265): Microscale Physicochemical Hydrodynamics

CORE 3: Materials Science

General Materials Science

  • *ME 512(218): Thermodynamics of Materials (S)
  • ME 215: Advanced Materials Science
  • PHYS 563(203): Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
  • ME 711(303): Advanced Materials Laboratory

Study Track - Materials Science

Students pursuing the materials science study track must take a total of FOUR courses from the MEMS materials science core concentrations, covering at least three of the four cores. Recommended courses are highlighted in italics and marked with an asterisk (*).

The material presented in these core courses constitutes the knowledge that should be tested in the qualification examination following the first year of graduate studies.

Note: for PhD students courses other than those currently listed in the cores can be approved by the DGS in consultation with the advisor. This may be necessary to fulfill requirements for certificate or training grant programs.

CORE 1: General Materials Science

  • *ME XXX: Advanced Materials Science
  • *ME 512(218): Thermodynamics of Materials (S)
  • PHYS 563(203): Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
  • ME 711(303): Advanced Materials Laboratory

CORE 2: Solid Materials and Photonics

  • *ME 555(265): Introduction to Solid State Engineering
  • ME 515(212): Introduction to Electronic Materials 
  • PHYS 810(310): Advanced Solid State Physics
  • ME 759(399): Electrons and Phonons in Solid State Engineering
  • ECE 511(310): Foundations in Nanoscience and Technology
  • ME 555(265): Optical Properties of Nanomaterials
  • ECE 545(225): Nanophotonics
  • ECE 590(299): Advanced Optics
  • ECE 590(299): Advances in Photonics

CORE 3: Soft Materials/Interfaces

  • *ME 512(211)/BME 529(208): Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
  • BME 525(215)/ME 519(215): Biomedical Materials
  • BME 570L(220): Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering 
  • ME 555(265): Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
  • ME 555(265): Electromagnetism of Fluids
  • ME 555(265): Fundamentals of Physical Surface Chemistry
  • ECE 590(299): Biochip Engineering

CORE 4: Characterization

  • *ME 711(303): Advanced Instrumentation
  • BME 550(234): Modern Microscopy
  • ME 555(265): Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • ECE 590(299): Imaging and Spectroscopy